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Posts tagged ‘idiocy’

Train in vanity

April 4th, 2017

There are currently seven and a half billion people on this planet. Statistically speaking, that’s a large enough number for there to be three or four people out there who are devoted fans of both model trains and the gimmick-driven, sludgy glam rock of Kiss. Well, I’ve got some good news for those rare creatures. […]

One dimensional chess

March 6th, 2017

My current creative paralysis can be summed up as this: Writing about trivial matters feels hollow in light of current events, yet I also feel uncomfortable adding to the unceasing flood of political thinkpieces. The present situation is the grotesque culmination of historical and cultural threads I’ve been studying for decades. While I’ve had plenty […]

This installment is going to wander a bit, so let’s get the basics out of the way first. I purchased my copy of AD&D’s Monster Manual II at the Paperback Booksmith at the Woburn Mall, right before a Saturday afternoon daytrip with my family to Lowell. Even though the store had the original Monster Manual […]

After trying — with most mild success — to create a homebrew military-espionage RPG, my lazy teen self decided it would be less of a hassle to just purchase the genuine retail article. I picked up my box set of TSR’s Top Secret at Eric Fuchs (pronounced “feeyooks,” you filthy-minded gits) Hobbies, across from the […]

My paternal grandmother had lived with my family for seven years before she finally decided to relocate to my aunt’s house. To celebrate our return to nuclear status, my parents decided to take Lil Bro and me on day trips every weekend. It was rarely anything elaborate, mostly drives in the family’s lemon yellow station […]

It’s only fitting that I follow up last week’s post about the Best of Dragon with a sourcebook that was essentially an officially sanctioned, online hardbound edition of those “house rules” anthologies. I picked up Unearthed Arcana at Toys R Us for a tenner. At the time, medications I wasn’t sure what to make of […]

My transition from “basic” Dungeons & Dragons to the “advanced” ruleset was as piecemeal as it was protracted. The hardcover AD&D sourcebooks were expensive and my funds were limited, mind which meant I had to content myself with whatever deeply discounted bits of inventory could be found in the dwindling remnant of the local Toys […]

Clairvoyant paranoia

November 2nd, 2016

It occurred to me this morning that I’ve made it through two-thirds of this year’s Halloween Countdown without indulging in a snarky recap of a goofy Bronze Age horror comic tale. That’s unforgivable, overweight considering such oh-so-2006 content has been a staple of this feature since its inception. Today we’re going to rectify that egregious […]

Despite the image I’ve crafted of North Woburn being a post-industrial hellscape, information pills many parts of it expressed a rustic beauty that coexisted alongside the ruins and reminders of the not-so-distant past. Across the street and over the hill from where I grew up was a freshwater spring surrounded by a mossy glade of […]

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